Murrough Connolly

 Murrough Connolly is an award-winning classical guitarist from Tralee who recently completed a BMus degree with First Class Honours at CIT Cork School of Music. He is currently undertaking an MMus at the University of Manchester, receiving tuition from world-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden.

After initial jazz studies at Kerry School of Music, Murrough began classical guitar lessons with Jerry Knipper at the age of fifteen. During his BMus studies, Murrough studied classical guitar with Jerry Creedon at CIT Cork School of Music. In 2017, he won first prize at Feis Maitiú and second prize in the Feis Ceoil “Guitar Bach Prize” competition. He was also awarded the Barbara Harris Memorial Travelling Scholarship by CIT Cork School of Music in 2017.

A traumatic wrist injury in October 2017 resulted in a hiatus from guitar playing for more than a year. During this time, Murrough turned his attention to composing and his composition “Cataract” was performed by the Irish Guitar Quartet in the National Concert Hall in May 2018. Following his studies, Murrough hopes to pursue a career as a performer and composer.